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Thank you. So you're using it with an HE-500. Which amp that you use to power it?
How about the volume level, do you have to use a very low volume?
IMO the HE500 doesnt need speaker tap treatment. I tried it from taps and I noticed slightly cleaner bass vs. HP jack,but nothing dramatic. The downside of taps is you have very little wiggle room on the volume between silent and blasting,whereas from HP jack you have plenty of room for volume adjustment.

HE6,Abyss,and perhaps a couple others,speaker taps is the only way to go. YMMV.
 
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I am looking for a good condition analog parametric equalizer. Anybody with any leads?
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IMO the HE500 doesnt need speaker tap treatment. I tried it from taps and I noticed slightly cleaner bass vs. HP jack,but nothing dramatic. The downside of taps is you have very little wiggle room on the volume between silent and blasting,whereas from HP jack you have plenty of room for volume adjustment.

HE6,Abyss,and perhaps a couple others,speaker taps is the only way to go. YMMV.
I agree. But, with that said, if someone is dead set on speaker taps then the solution is a pre-amp. I use my Sony TA Z1hes as dac/pre-amp into a Sansui AU 907, which gives me very fine volume control via the Sony... I don't use speakers taps but still I would guess it applies to those as well.
 
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IMO the HE500 doesnt need speaker tap treatment. I tried it from taps and I noticed slightly cleaner bass vs. HP jack,but nothing dramatic. The downside of taps is you have very little wiggle room on the volume between silent and blasting,whereas from HP jack you have plenty of room for volume adjustment.

HE6,Abyss,and perhaps a couple others,speaker taps is the only way to go. YMMV.
I agree. But, with that said, if someone is dead set on speaker taps then the solution is a pre-amp. I use my Sony TA Z1hes as dac/pre-amp into a Sansui AU 907, which gives me very fine volume control via the Sony... I don't use speakers taps but still I would guess it applies to those as well.
YMMV. I hear a massive difference in the HE500 and LCD-3 via taps, the Ether Flow less but sufficient. On my amp (Kenwood KA-9100) I use the -10dbz switch which gives me much better volume control on the LCD-3 and flow.

I have used integrateds for this purpose everytime so I don't see why a pre power combo makes sense as the only option? If you have a pre that has certain functions or a specific sound then sure, otherwise there's no advantage I can think of.
 
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Planars get a lot more benefit out of speaker taps because they're usually harder to drive and they have a linear impedance through the audio band. Or so I've been told.
 
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Not only that, planars are harder to drive, then they love the headphone out of vintage amplifier....But mostly, vintage amplifier love planars, because they enhance their original sound quality, without suffering or struggling with their raw direct power … Owner of a Sansui, I prefer an Ortho in the headphone out to any dynamic, except perhaps 600 ohms one...
 
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Planars get a lot more benefit out of speaker taps because they're usually harder to drive and they have a linear impedance through the audio band. Or so I've been told.
I agree with whoever told you that. I almost prefer Planars through speaker taps over my Dynaudios through the same taps..... Almost but not quite
 
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I want to buy a Sansui 881 and I'm wondering if anyone would be able to tell me if it would need to be serviced if I show photos that the seller sent me. Here's the link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iffy1mdoz7oqh8n/AAD10JwwU7MYZ6mNWgEZR3Yfa?dl=0

I was suggested to give @petemac110 a mention.
Any piece of gear in the 40+ year old range will need a total recap and servicing. Sometimes you are lucky and it keeps working but to get the most out of it the recap and servicing is recommended.
 
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Any piece of gear in the 40+ year old range will need a total recap and servicing. Sometimes you are lucky and it keeps working but to get the most out of it the recap and servicing is recommended.
Yes, but the seller may have done that. I wouldn't know the difference.
 
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Yes, but the seller may have done that. I wouldn't know the difference.
From what I can see in the pics, the electrolytic caps have not been replaced.
 
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From what I can see in the pics, the electrolytic caps have not been replaced.
Correcto - she's 100% original internally.

An initial service would be the first port of call for an amp of this age - checking/adjusting bias and DC offset and cleaning/lubricating switches and controls etc. If the budget allows, a proper restoration will yield the best sonic results and ensure reliable operation into the future.
 
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Correcto - she's 100% original internally.

An initial service would be the first port of call for an amp of this age - checking/adjusting bias and DC offset and cleaning/lubricating switches and controls etc. If the budget allows, a proper restoration will yield the best sonic results and ensure reliable operation into the future.
Of course a recap will necessitate re-adjustment of the settings - so in general it is best to recap first and then set per service manual, IMHO.
 
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I want to buy a Sansui 881 and I'm wondering if anyone would be able to tell me if it would need to be serviced if I show photos that the seller sent me. Here's the link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iffy1mdoz7oqh8n/AAD10JwwU7MYZ6mNWgEZR3Yfa?dl=0

I was suggested to give @petemac110 a mention.
The 881 is a fantastic sounding receiver. The best of the six I own. Highly recommend giving it the TLC it needs and it will reward you with a nice warm,musical sound,with great mids.
 
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I’m sending my Sansui au Alpha 907mr for a full body works to my Sansui’s guru - Pete’s Dad. :)
 
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